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City Council passes safety training bill for construction workers

The New York City Council has unanimously passed Intro 1447, a bill requiring most construction workers to take 40 hours of safety training. A major holdup had been the concern that many immigrant and low-income day laborers would be shut out of the construction trades by the requirement.

2 different construction workers fell to their deaths on Thursday

Two workers were killed and another was injured in separate fall accidents on the same day last week in Manhattan. The tragedies prompted a call by Queens Assemblyman Francisco Moya for the swift passage of a bill he is sponsoring, known as "Carlos' Law."

Fall-related deaths occur far too often on construction sites

According to the most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 900 construction workers suffered work-related fatalities in 2015 alone -- making construction one of the deadliest industries in the United States. In fact, construction-related deaths accounted for more than 20 percent of all worker fatalities that year, as reported by the CFOI.

Proposed changes to NY's PPD guidelines may harm worker interests

As part of a 2017 reform plan, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board is slated to release new guidelines for how to compensate workers for permanent impairments. Unfortunately, the workers' advocacy group the Workers' Compensation Alliance is concerned that they may harm workers' interests. The group has just released a survey that indicates many injured workers already feel their benefits are inadequate.

Construction site falls: What happens when they try to blame the worker?

Can working in construction be dangerous? Of course, especially in New York since construction workers are often required to work at great heights. Fortunately, New York has some of the toughest worker protection laws in the country.

Five questions to answer after an NYC construction injury

A construction injury can be a life-changing event for you and your family. Though it may be obvious that you or your loved one has been seriously hurt (or has passed away), you may be wondering about how to make sure your medical and personal expenses are covered, both now and in the future. Many people ask these five important questions in the aftermath of a New York City construction accident.

As construction projects increase, risks from mobile cranes rise

America's construction injury is booming. The rate of construction in the U.S. is at an all-time high. That's great news for people in the industry, but it's important to remember that more projects also means more injuries, even if every project were run with safety as a top priority. All kinds of accidents increase when construction projects do.

Construction worker suffers fatal fall down elevator shaft

According to authorities, a 22-year-old construction worker died last Friday after falling down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan construction site -- making it the most recent construction fatality in a long string of incidents stretching back over the last few years.

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